Best iPad apps for writers: Editorial, Dropbox, Mindly, and more!

The best iPad apps to help writers track ideas, plan content, get more creative, and everything in between!

Looking for the best iPad apps for writing your next big blog posts, essays, or novels? Because the iPad is so portable, and because it can be used by itself with the multitouch screen or with a connected physical keyboard, it's easy to take with you and use in a wide variety of places. There are also a ton of apps on the iPad App Store to help you organize your workflow, plan your content, write your work, and share it with the world. But which iPad writing apps are the absolute best?


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Best iPad apps for writers: Editorial

Editorial is a plain text editor for iPad that fully supports Markdown. One of the best features of Editorial are Workflows that lets you combine frequently used actions to customize your writing experience. The keyboard in Editorial was designed around the Markdown language which means you'll never struggle to add a link or grab a symbol that's commonly used in Markdown. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Editorial's feature set.

If most of the writing you do is on the web and you want the best Markdown editor available, look no further than Editorial.


Best iPad apps for writers: Dropbox

Dropbox is probably the most widely supported and accepted standard for cloud storage. Many apps tie into it, including Editorial for saving your work. Almost any other app you purchase or download that requires saving and syncing data will most likely support Dropbox. It's perfect for saving files and accessing them right on your iPad, Mac, iPhone, and any other platform you may be using.

If you want a singular place to gather your ideas, thoughts, and documents that's widely supported, there's none other than Dropbox.


Best iPad apps for writers: Mindly

Mindly is an extremely flexible organization and planning tool that lets you gather your thoughts on the go. Gather notes, jot down ideas, plan a piece of writing in its entirety. To be honest, what Mindly becomes is completely up to you. That's what makes it so great, how you use it to create could be completely different from the next person.

If you want a powerful tool to organize your thoughts with zero boundaries, check out Mindly. Premium

Best iPad apps for writers: Premium Premium is the only dictionary and thesaurus a writer could possibly need. Aside from having zero ads, features over 2,000,000 dictionary definitions with synonyms and antonyms. To go with those there's 850,000 sample sentences for you to use as resources. There are other dictionaries that boast similar numbers but none of them offer specialized downloads such as a writer's toolbox, slang dictionary, and many other packs as additional upgrades.

If you want the most complete and customizable dictionary experience the App Store has to offer, check out the premium version of

Creative Writer

Best iPad apps for writers: Creative Writer

Creative Writer is a predictive text engine that lets you start typing a sentence and then smartly predicts what you may want to say next. The whole idea behind it is to be more liberal and creative when expressing ideas. I've found it to be great for times when you may be stuck on a sentence or don't know exactly how to word something. Start typing it in Creative Writer and see if it can suggest something better.

If you need a little nudge when it comes to figuring out how to say something, Creative Writer needs to be in your writing toolkit.


Best iPad apps for writers: Trello

Trello offers a lot of flexibility and can work for individual content planning or for larger groups. You can collaborate with others, assign due dates, and more. Trello is a blank canvas that you can add cards and columns to, add members, leave notes, upload attachments, and lots more. Trello is great for planning content where large groups of people are involved. It's actually the planning tool we use across Mobile Nations to organize and map out content and ideas. It really is that good.

If you need a powerful planning tool that lets you collaborate with others, you don't want anything other than Trello.

Bonus: Writing Aid for iPhone

Best iPad apps for writers: Writing Aid

Writing Aid isn't available for iPad but I just wouldn't feel right leaving it out of a writing app roundup. Not only is Writing Aid one of the most convenient dictionaries you'll ever find, it can help you remember a word that you forgot by simply explaining it. If you're stumped trying to recall a specific word, just type into Writing Aid a few key words about it, and it'll give you a list of words that it thinks you may be thinking of. For times when you have writer's block, Writing Aid for iPhone saves the day.

If you have an iPhone and want something to help you overcome writer's block or a convenient way to find synonyms for commonly used words, you want Writing Aid.

Your favorite writing apps for iPad?

If you use your iPad to write on a regular basis, what apps are your favorites? Do you use any of the above on a regular basis? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

(And yes, we're all waiting for Scrivner for iPad too!)

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.

  • Awesome post, thanks Ally. There are a couple in here I hadn't heard of. Sent from the iMore App
  • I love Editorial, too. Use it for some stuff that benefits from its enormous feature set. But for note taking and preparing HTML emails on iOS devices, I stick with Byword. Mainly because it works on all my devices (Mac, iPhone and iPad) and has great Markdown support. Most other tools are either no good, or only supported on one device or the other. I would love to use Ulysses III on the Mac, but it's mobile companion app is lacking almost everything.
  • Mindly: ..... WHOA !! I never heard about it.
    A nice replacement for Keynote and PowerPoint.
  • Daedalus is where it's at for writing on iOS, iPad or iPhone. Best text editor in the AppStore. Sent from the iMore App
  • I like iA Writer. There's versions for iPad, iPhone as well as the Mac, and it syncs nicely in iCloud. Very clean, simple interface that lets you write with no distractions.
  • I'll second that. I use ia writer for my basic note taking. Their new product, Writer Pro, looks interesting, but it's geared towards longer form writing. I hope that they will continue to update ia writer. Sent from the iMore App
  • No love for Blogsy?
  • Good article! I'm also a fan of Editorial and for that matter trying out almost every writing and note taking app out there. I used to love iAWriter, but got annoyed with the fact that they still haven't updated iAWriter for ios 7. It still has an ios 6 keyboard style, yet they managed to release iAWriter Pro which in terms of pure simplicity, doesn't match iaWriter.
    I like Byword too, but have recently tried 1Writer which works on iPhone and iPad and has recently received a very good update. Similar to Byword and also supports iCloud and Dropbox. I actually think it edges out Byword on ios at the moment. It's not as complex as Editorial but still supports Markdown, and I am impressed with the Developer who responds to mail very quickly and is constantly updating the app. They are also working on a mac version too.
    1Writer is my notes app of choice on ios at the moment. Very clean interface and the developer deserves success because of great communication.
    If Editorial bring out an iphone version and update for ios7 look and feel, it may become my favourite again. Sent from the iMore App
  • I cannot imagine "writing" on my iPad beyond an email. And what's that in the picture? Some kind of iPad keyboard? Why not just get an 11" MacBook Air and save tons of hassle? It even comes free with Pages, which you won't beat with any of these apps.
  • I prefer universal apps that have a Mac, iPad and iPhone version. My favourite writing app was WriteRoom as it had the fewest problems working with Asian characters. Byword tends to think they are (incorrect) formatting and crashes, but post the demise of WR I switched back to Byword. Another writing app I really like is Nebulous Notes because of the macros and the ability to access any folder in Dropbox, not just one specifically linked folder, but in the end synchronisation won out. For notes I use a combination of Drafts and Evernote and my dictionary is Terminology.
  • I second Ninotschka's preference for universal apps. Creative thought appear when they want to and it's great to be able to write in line, in bed or at a desk. IA Writer (like WriteRoom) is simple, elegant and hard to beat but for more help with structure, Storyist is a good one. Celtx was better before the recent "improvements" but it's still good. Finally, I second toysforever regarding NOTEBOOKS. You can gather years of writing, scattered all over the place into one repository. NOTEBOOKS seems to be everything it promised.
  • To me the clear winner is NOTEBOOKS and it syncs with Scrivener through Dropbox! They just released the Mac version too. Sent from the iMore App
  • Zoho writer is also a app that is worth a can be used to draft simple documents.
  • Just read several of these iPad / iPhone lists on imore. Great job! Some of the apps I wasn't aware of and I'm an appaholic (compulsively stock a few "price dropped" apps daily ending up paying much more than full price of the apps actually required)
  • I am missing the Textkraft text editor for iPad and iPhone. For sure a good alternative for professional writers.
  • I made 'Danger Text' to help with procrastination and writers block, it's a bit of a fun way to force me to write a little story now and then.
    You can try it on the app store!